13 Gimbal Movements You Should Know

Adding to your arsenal of camera movements is always a good thing to do. If you just bought your first gimbal, this great tutorial will show you 13 essential movements that will add more visual interest to your work.

Gimbals are one of the fastest ways to get your footage looking more professional and cinematic. They open an entirely new world of stabilized, smooth video, and they enable shots that just aren't possible (or don't look good) when shooting handheld. In this helpful video from Aputure, you'll learn 13 such movements that take advantage of a gimbal's capabilities. I found the video particularly helpful as it connected each movement to what it does to the subject and consequently for the viewer's experience. While many of these techniques are gorgeous of their own accord and can be used simply to add visual interest or break up a certain monotony of style, they can also be employed to provide compelling storytelling that pushes a narrative forward, reveals or accentuates information, and highlights the subject, making them well worth knowing . Be sure to take notes on all the types of shots and go out to try them yourself this weekend! 

[via No Film School]

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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These are great gimbal tips, thanks for sharing.

I'd like to see a video of pairing a motorized gimbal with a motorized slider, or a manual jib.

Also, how to manully pull focus using a hand-driven follow focus while using a gimbal.

I'm all about getting the smoothest motion possible in-camera, so I'm not breaking out the warp stablizer tool so much.

Good tips! I don't have a gimbal sadly but I'd be keen to try these shots hand held just for the practice